Chris told me two days or so ago he probably wouldn’t have time to write a post this week, so this is me covering for him by writing about something he does very well: seem busy. I think the logic goes: busy people are accomplished people, and accomplished people are impressive people; ergo, I will teach you to seem busy so that you will seem impressive.
Okay, first things first. Don’t be the person that says, “I’m just so busy!” all the time, or answers, “How are you doing?” with “Busy.” Some people say that only people who aren’t busy say stuff like that. I disagree. That’s obviously not true. However, saying you’re busy is super annoying.
The easiest way to seem busy is to actually just be busy, but if you are actually busy, you probably aren’t reading this. If you’re actually busy and still reading this, you definitely have your priorities straight. Good job.
If you aren’t actually busy, but want to look busy, here are some ideas:
Find a new hobby. Ceramics, swimming, sewing, surfing, singing - all hobbies that start with an s sound. Okay, others: play the ukulele, work on your car/bike/razor scooter, learn about real estate investments, make one, record a podcast, develop a stand-up routine.
Find something fun to do that would take a while (or some regularity), then prioritize it way too much. Something like watching all of The Wire, then all of Breaking Bad, then all of The West Wing. When people ask you to hang out, you can say something like, “Sorry, I already have plans tonight,” and when they ask you what you are up to, “I’m exploring an art medium I’m not super familiar with. I’ll let you know how it goes!” This one conveniently requires a commitment to not hanging out with people.
Pretend you are doing the last one, but don’t actually do it.
Commit to keeping up better with old friends, or making new ones. Aim to meet or connect with one person you wouldn’t otherwise connect with per week.
Or, invent an imaginary friend you’ll spend lots of time with. Okay, not really, but you can commit to taking more purposeful alone time to read, write, or pick your next television saga. Or do the imaginary friend thing. You do you.
So all of these (or at least, all the serious ones), besides making you look busy, have the additional benefit of making you a more interesting person. And, in my opinion, interesting is impressive.
Also, if you were curious about what that period on top of a comma thing is, it’s called a semicolon, and you can read all about them here.